9 items from 2015
The Lego Group, Tt Games and WB Games have announced this summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World films will each have a tie-in videogame. Lego Jurassic World will arrive in stores this June while Lego Marvel's Avengers is scheduled for a fall release.
Tt Games slyly added a teaser for Lego Jurassic World in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Completing the campaign mode initiated a credits sequence in which 1966 Batman and Robin ascended the side of a building. During the ascent, a T-Rex Lego figure from Jurassic Park appears while the famous John Williams score plays behind him.
Both of these new games will cover more than the film they're slated to release with. Lego Marvel's The Avengers will span the events of The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, while Lego Jurassic World will cover all four films. Of course, full Lego toy lines for each major »
Long before he was a critically-lauded and Oscar-nominated leading man, Joaquin Phoenix was a precocious child star who began working professionally when he was just 7 years old.
As a youngster, Phoenix went by the first name of Leaf before switching back to his given name Joaquin for To Die For. The Gus Van Sant drama saw Phoenix hold his own against Nicole Kidman, and he hasn't looked back since.
Digital Spy dives into the archives to pick out 5 early roles for Joaquin back when he was known as Leaf...
Unfortunately, it was a less-than-auspicious start for Leaf who, if you watch the above video closely, gets clocked by a wayward fist (at 01: »
Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2014 discoveries”…
Sean Durkin: Jesse Marchant’s self titled album was my favorite of the year. I read “Stoner” by John Williams for the first time this year and was so deeply moved. I saw a play in London called Spine by Clara Brennan. Absolutely incredible writing.
Lavallee: Whether it be the thematic links in shorts and then features found in Antonio’s body of work, or Mary Last Seen as a leaf belonging to the Mmmm experience, and now 1009 as an emotional extension of Josh Mond’s James White, would it be fair to state that the short serves as an exploratory exercise in form, shape for the eventual feature?
Durkin: Absolutely. I think any time you get behind a camera you explore and learn. 1009 is much different in style than James White, but was a huge step towards discovering what James White would ultimately be. »
- Eric Lavallee
Everyone likes to cut corners, especially when it’s a job you’ve done a zillion times before. (I’ve tried re-submitting the same lists from a few months ago a bunch of times, but the editors keep noticing.) The same apparently applies to the music part of the movie-making business. It makes sense when you really think about it. 99% of viewers probably never even notice the music anyway. The whole point of movie music is to exist in the background, silently lurking, waiting for its chance to… wait, I’m confusing movie music with Jason Vorhees again. That’s been happening a lot lately. I probably need to see a doctor. 5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets The second Harry Potter film tried to be more or less a direct continuation of the first. Same director (Chris Columbus), same cast, same Dumbledore… but John Williams, he of Star Wars and Indiana Jones fame, couldn »
- Ashe Cantrell
It's sometimes easy to forget that as an art form, movies are still a fairly young medium. 2015 marks the 120th anniversary of the art form, and the people at Tandem Entertainment (via The Playlist) have cut together a meta supercut that features characters in movies (and a few TV shows) sitting in movie theaters and watching movies. With John Williams' Jurassic Park score blasting underneath, it's a very cool celebration of the power of cinema and how it can unite strangers in a dark room and create a common experience. And the very end of the video seems like a call to action to inspire people to go see movies in theaters again - a necessary plea, considering 2014 was reportedly the least-attended year at the movies since 1995.
- Ben Pearson
The way we watch movies has changed since the Lumiérè brothers first made moving images into a form of storytelling that captures imaginations. Even 120 years since their first commercial screening, there is nothing more satisfying that being in a dark room, with a big screen and a captivated audience, and being moved, thrilled, and entertained for a couple of hours. And today comes a lovely little video that pays tribute to that sentiment. Tandem Entertainment cut together this four-minute video, scored by John Williams' stirring "Journey To The Island" from "Jurassic Park," which celebrates that intangible thing known as "movie magic." It's a nice compilation of movies about the movies, that also transmits that sensation that the very best big screen experiences leave us with. Watch below. [Live For Films] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After Gravity blew your eardrums out of the airlock in 2013 with its seamless mix of sound effects and music, it was hard to imagine a film wowing just as much the year after, but 2014 was a year in which movie soundtracks became, if anything, even more intricate, from films about the nature of being a musician to those that replicated the noise of human existence for alien senses.
Before 2014 becomes a distant ringing in the ears, here are the top 14 movie soundtracks of the year.
Once you've heard Mica Levi's soundtrack to Under the Skin, everything else sounds both disappointing and even more exciting. I say 'soundtrack' because, like the best movies, Jonathan Glazer's sci-fi understands that sound and music are two halves of the same hastily-conceived metaphor. »
The Indiana Jones franchise has never pretended to be grounded in anything resembling reality; after all, George Lucas got the idea for Raiders of the Lost Ark from watching the movie serials of the ’30s, whereupon square-jawed heroes dressed in fedoras and leather jackets moved from one elaborate scenario to the next. Lucas gave the keys to the Indiana Jones franchise to his friend Steven Spielberg, who – along with collaborators Harrison Ford, Lawrence Kasdan and John Williams – forged an icon.
The Indiana Jones franchise has always relished its position as both gritty and fantastical – the great thing about the series is the way in which it switches between moments of sheer darkness, terror and horror, to moments built around slapstick and funny dialogue exchanges. Pretty much, Indiana Jones is what cinema is all about – though you do have to accept a whole lot of crazy things and suspend »
- Sam Hill
Without Iron Man, Batman or James Bond to bolster ticket sales, the overall box office plunged 5.2% in 2014, topping out at $10.3 billion domestically. Audiences cooled to Hollywood offerings, voting with their feet as attendance dropped by an estimated 6% to 1.26 billion, the lowest figure in nearly two decades.
“This was the most flabbergasting year ever,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with Rentrak. “The good news is that the movie business had a great year in 2013. A record breaker. The bad news was that in 2014, it was measured against that success.”
Although there were some blockbusters such as “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Lego Movie” and “Maleficent,” many of the big films and sequels didn’t give off as loud of a bang. Franchises such as “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Hunger Games” put up impressive global numbers, but showed some signs of age when they couldn’t match the domestic grosses of previous installments. »
- Brent Lang
9 items from 2015
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